“Without a doubt, AB 1014 is one of the most egregious violations of civil liberties ever introduced in the California Legislature.”
-Charles H. Cunningham, Director, NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action
Tell that to the family and friends of 19-year-old George Chen;
Tell that to the family and friends of 20-year-old Cheng Yuan “James” Hong;
Tell that to the family and friends of 20-year-old Weihan “David” Wang.
Tell that to the family and friends of 22-year-old Katherine Breann Cooper;
Tell that to the family and friends of 20-year-old Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez;
Tell that to the family and friends of 20-year-old Veronika Elizabeth Weiss;
They were the six University of California, Santa Barbara students who were killed* on May 23, 2014, by 22-year-old Elliot Rodger, who had along history of mental instability,
|and about whom his parents had called local law enforcement authorities a mere three weeks before the killing spree, to report their alarm at instances of behavior that led them to believe that he was a danger to himself and others. Santa Barbara Sheriff's deputies went to his apartment and spoke to him, but they did not search the premises, and they determined from their interview that no action||
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AB1014, signed into law this week by California Governor Jerry Brown creates a process whereby family members, and law enforcement officers, can obtain an immediate restraining order against a person about whom they have a good faith belief is a threat to the safety of others, and which would require that they be relieved of any firearms in their possession for up to 21 days, in which time a court hearing would be held, where a judge would determine if there is just cause to extend the order for up to one year.
Connecticut, Indiana and Texas already have laws that allow law enforcement officers to seize guns from people they consider to be dangerous, but no state before California has empowered civilians to instigate such action.
AB 1014 is vitally important tool to get dangerous weapons out of the hands of the people most likely to commit heinous crimes. Who better to know who those people are than those closest to them – their spouses, their parents, and their children.
*Another three UCSB students were shot and wounded by Roger during his spree, and ten additional students were injured by him by means of other instrumentalities.